Kingston Flyer Trip Today

 
  Brianr Deputy Commissioner

Location: Dunedin, New Zealand
About 180 people made history this morning, becoming the first passengers on board the Kingston Flyer in more than eight years.
https://www.odt.co.nz/regions/queenstown/passengers-first-enjoy-flyer-more-8-years

The Pounamu Tourism Group who were involved in organising this trip are also in discussion with Dunedin City Council regarding the Taieri Gorge Railway.

https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/taieri-gorge-proposal-tour-group-prepared-run-trains

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  apw5910 Chief Commissioner

Location: Location: Location.
I love the way you can still stand anywhere to take photos when the engine's not moving, and be on the carriage end platforms even when it is.
  Brianr Deputy Commissioner

Location: Dunedin, New Zealand
Further story with video
https://www.odt.co.nz/news/odttv/flyer-trip-makes-special-birthday

I thought about this trip but it was not cheap and included items like 2 nights stay in 4 star hotel in my home city.
I travelled on the Kingston Flyer, it must be just over 8 years ago when I took a day tour in a heritage coach from Dunedin.
  Brianr Deputy Commissioner

Location: Dunedin, New Zealand
Discussing heritage rail and rail tourism generally.
For obvious reasons, I cancelled a trip last year which involved train trips in Rumania, Bulgaria and Greece.

When the Trans-Tasman Bubble was announced I tried to book a tour on the Savannahlander and Gulflander and was disappointed it is booked out this year.  I could book the Savannahlander only but felt that would not be worthwhile.
I had also planned travel on the Spirit of Queensland but was trying to avoid night travel. I gave up on the Inlander as it is night travel, no sleeper, both ways.
In 2008 I travelled with sleepers on the Spirit of the Outback and the Westlander.

I plan to visit my only relatives in Sydney in late July, I should be vaccinated next month, considered the train to Canberra for a few days but am now thinking about Broken Hill although i will need to fly back and I hate flying.

In 2012 I travelled on the Overland from Melbourne to Adelaide then the Ghan to Darwin. After nearly 3 weeks driving in a campervan to Broome and a flight to Perth, I took the Indian-Pacific back to Sydney.

In other recent years I have taken the train both ways from Sydney to Melbourne then to Ballarat and Bendigo (with coach in between) and from Sydney to Port Macquarie and then rented a car to Brisbane as the most practical way to visit the beaches which were an important part of my youth.

I know and this story shows that I am not the only idiot who prefers to include as much train travel as possible in my travels.
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
Further story with video
https://www.odt.co.nz/news/odttv/flyer-trip-makes-special-birthday

I thought about this trip but it was not cheap and included items like 2 nights stay in 4 star hotel in my home city.
I travelled on the Kingston Flyer, it must be just over 8 years ago when I took a day tour in a heritage coach from Dunedin.
Brianr
its great to see the KF back in operation, however what is the long-term plan? Like all these heritage runs once you have "done it", what's the incentive for non-gunzels to go back?

They need to look at expanding their repeat riders, ie
- Self and guided Gangers cars trips, option to go from the jetty to Fairlight and back via the Y.
- Learn to drive a train
- Theme runs
- meal trains, maybe cocktails at one end, entrée at the other, back for mains and then return for desert or things like this

etc
  Brianr Deputy Commissioner

Location: Dunedin, New Zealand
Flyer good to get head of steam Otago Daily Times Online News

https://www.odt.co.nz/regions/queenstown/flyer-good-get-head-steam

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